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How to keep your real name and face out of Google's ads | PCWorld

How to keep your real name and face out of Google's ads | PCWorld | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it
Google just updated its terms of service to allow the company to use your real name, face, and comments in ads. Here's how to slam the brakes on it.

Via Valerie Hawkins, Library, American Library Association
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In case you missed it, effective 11 November, Google is going to start using your real face and name next to "reviews, advertising and other commercial contexts". Here is an overview of their changes to the TOS for Google accounts. http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/terms/changes/

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The Endgame for Google+ Is Turning You into Ads

So this is why Google's been forcing its social network on us.


http://techland.time.com/2013/10/11/the-endgame-for-google-is-turning-you-into-ads/

Asil's curator insight, October 19, 2013 1:38 PM

To stop Google from using details from your Google+ profile in its advertising campaign, you’ll need to head to the Shared Endorsements page on Google+.

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, October 20, 2013 3:27 AM

But while Facebook forces all users to participate in “sponsored stories,” Google gives you the opportunity to opt out of its ad program. Minors will be automatically excluded, but you’ll have to manually tell Google to leave your name out of its ads if you’re over 18. Fortunately, it’s easy to do so.

Click the picture to read how.

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Metaverse Tutorials

Metaverse Tutorials | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it
Second Life tutorials from around the web

Via Annie Brightstar, Lorelei Seetan
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Most of these are not just for Second Life, but for all virtual world girds such as InWorldz, Kitely, OSGrid, etc.

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Asil's curator insight, January 26, 11:44 AM

Some very good tutorials that are accurate for the current viewers! 

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Thanks Asil for your kind comments.
Alexina's curator insight, January 27, 7:27 AM

Though these are using the Second Life grid, most of these should work for InWorldz too.

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Digital Life in 2025

Digital Life in 2025 | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it
Experts predict the Internet will become ‘like electricity’ — less visible, yet more deeply embedded in people’s lives for good and ill
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How to Curate Your Facebook News Feed

How to Curate Your Facebook News Feed | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it

A lot of content comes across your News Feed. Here's how to curate what you see, and maximize the news that your Facebook friends are sharing.

 

Mashable sat down with Greg Marra, Facebook's product manager for News Feed, to discuss how users can best curate the content that they see in News Feed. The easiest way to change what you see? Engage with content, says Marra.


"The basic interactions of News Feed are some of the most important signals that we get," he explains. "Unfortunately, those interactions aren't able to capture everything that we want to know, so we also give people additional controls to tell us things we can't figure out just from normal usage of News Feed."Here's what we learned...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 19, 6:55 AM

Really practical advice on creating and managing a better News Feed on Facebook.

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 19, 6:57 AM

Practical social media tips you can put into use quickly.

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The Extraordinary Social Media Event Marketing Guide Infographic

The Extraordinary Social Media Event Marketing Guide Infographic | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it
A sample event social media marketing plan infographic.

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The AfterSteps Guide to The Internet AfterDeath

A practical guide of preliminary steps for family to take when managing a loved one's online presence.
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This online booklet gives the process handling the digital presense of a deceased family member. In some cases, there are procedures or account options for the person to determine what will be done after they have passed on. The whole booklet is in graphics, so be sure to read the front pages to understand the symbols.

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Web inventor in surveillance warning

Web inventor in surveillance warning | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it
The "growing tide of surveillance" threatens the democratic nature of the internet, warns the creator of the worldwide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
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Asil's curator insight, November 23, 2013 1:18 PM

The report compiled by Sir Tim's World Wide Web Foundation ranks countries in terms of the social and political impact of the web.

Sweden tops the annual web index, ahead of Norway, and followed by the UK, US and New Zealand.

It found that in 80% of the countries studied, the web and social media played a role in mobilising the public on a range of issues.

It also found that rich countries did not necessarily rank higher in the index. The Philippines, with a per-capita income of $4,410 per year, is more than 10 places ahead of Qatar, the world's richest country.

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How to keep your real name and face out of Google's ads | PCWorld

How to keep your real name and face out of Google's ads | PCWorld | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it
Google just updated its terms of service to allow the company to use your real name, face, and comments in ads. Here's how to slam the brakes on it.

Via Valerie Hawkins, Library, American Library Association
Alexina's insight:

In case you missed it, effective 11 November, Google is going to start using your real face and name next to "reviews, advertising and other commercial contexts". Here is an overview of their changes to the TOS for Google accounts. http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/terms/changes/

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Valerie Hawkins, Library, American Library Association's curator insight, October 11, 2013 2:51 PM

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The Endgame for Google+ Is Turning You into Ads

So this is why Google's been forcing its social network on us.


http://techland.time.com/2013/10/11/the-endgame-for-google-is-turning-you-into-ads/

Asil's curator insight, October 19, 2013 1:38 PM

To stop Google from using details from your Google+ profile in its advertising campaign, you’ll need to head to the Shared Endorsements page on Google+.

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, October 20, 2013 3:27 AM

But while Facebook forces all users to participate in “sponsored stories,” Google gives you the opportunity to opt out of its ad program. Minors will be automatically excluded, but you’ll have to manually tell Google to leave your name out of its ads if you’re over 18. Fortunately, it’s easy to do so.

Click the picture to read how.

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Where Teens Seek Online Privacy Advice | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Teens often rely on themselves and the guidance they get from the websites they use to figure out how to manage their privacy online—but when they do seek advice, they go primarily to peers and parents.
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Overcoming blogger’s block: never be short of ideas again

Overcoming blogger’s block: never be short of ideas again | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it

Great blogging tips and inspiration...One of the most common obstacles to blogging is the feeling that you haven’t got anything to write about.I’m writing this post because this has been a hurdle I’ve encountered time and time again, even when the solution is so very simple. So deceptively simple you wonder why you had the problem in the first place.So I’m going to share my own tips and techniques I use to help prevent that well of ideas from running dry, and hopefully some of them will be enough to keep you blogging with the full enthusiasm you need to keep the habit going week after week....


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This post has many suggestions about how to come up with ideas for blog posts. One is, If you have to researh something, share the results of your search with others in a blog posting.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 5, 2013 10:34 AM

Great blogging tips and inspiration...

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Teaching Toddlers to Tweet? Introducing Social Media to Elementary Students

Teaching Toddlers to Tweet? Introducing Social Media to Elementary Students | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it
  via Edutopia Let me begin this post by saying, "I agree." I agree that students should have recess and play outside. I agree that young children need to interact in a face-to-face setting. I... (Teaching Toddlers to Tweet?
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You Selling to Me? » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

You Selling to Me? » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it
You Selling to Me?
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"Almost all websites use cookies that recognise you the next time you visit. Most applications that are free to download also install much more intrusive “spyware” that tracks your online activities...."

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The Gamification Revolution Web Series - Gamification Co

The Gamification Revolution Web Series - Gamification Co | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it
The Gamification Revolution is a Live Weekly Web Show featuring Gabe Zichermann and other gamification experts every Thursday at 1PM EDT. Watch and learn!
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Top 8 Web Tools for Teacher's Professional Development ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Top 8 Web Tools for Teacher's Professional Development ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it

"I have been recently posting about teacher's professional development using web technologies and each time I do I would get emails asking for the tools I use personally.  I compiled a list of the top 8 platforms I use almost daily for expanding my knowledge and staying updated about the topics that interest me the most.

 Being a graduate researcher in the field of educational technology and from my own experience of several years  blogging in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, I highly recommend the tools below and I personally view them as the most important platforms for growing professionally."


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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, July 7, 2013 7:05 PM

Using social media is an excellent way of improving a teacher's knowledge and understanding of particular teaching methods and ideas and of connecting with other teachers in order to build a network to help professional learning.

Pamela Perry King's curator insight, July 7, 2013 7:56 PM

Professional Development

Lee Hall's curator insight, March 14, 7:50 AM

You may want to look and see if there is a tool you aren't using and might like to try for professional development.

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Attempting to Flourish in the Digital Era

Attempting to Flourish in the Digital Era | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that good learner-centered teaching is meaningful and interesting, requires active participation from learners, uses different methods to incorporate all students’ preferred learning styles and is differentiated at an appropriate level. Vygotsky (1978) stated that learning is achieved by the active construction of knowledge supported by various perspectives within meaningful contexts; making meaning. ...

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What Social Networks Should You Use in 2014? [I...

What Social Networks Should You Use in 2014? [I... | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it
We’re now into a whole new year – but which social networks should have your full attention this year? (What Social Networks Should You Use in 2014?

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, January 21, 1:00 AM

Interesting to see which ones are still there in 2014.

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8 Reasons You're Not Getting More Followers on Twitter

8 Reasons You're Not Getting More Followers on Twitter | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it

Are you trying to get more Twitter followers? Are you not getting any response to your Tweets? My bet is you're making at least 1 of these 8 mistakes....


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Joshua J Ramsdell's curator insight, January 20, 8:13 AM

I was doing at least 4 things wrong until reading this. May these tips help you grow your following on Twitter.

 

Joshua Ramsdell

Educator & Manager

315-849-1708 Direct Line

www.Eteligis.com 

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Ira Glass on Storytelling

UPDATE: Thanks for all your kind words guys! It's quite overwhelming to see this shared and retweeted all over! All sins typographic in nature have been amended,…

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Asil's curator insight, December 7, 2013 5:47 PM

I adore this one!  And he's so right ...you have keep at it!

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What happens to your digital life after death?

What happens to your digital life after death? | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it
It’s a question not many consider given how embedded the internet is in their lives. The typical web user has 25 online accounts, ranging from email to social media profiles and bank accounts, according to a 2007 study from Microsoft.
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Will you live online forever? What options does the survivor have to manage / remove online social media and email accounts? This article doesn't answer everything, but it brings up a few things to consider.

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Photo and Video Sharing Grow Online | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

54% of internet users have posted original photos or videos to websites and 47% share photos or videos they found elsewhere online. Young adults and women lead the way in each of these activities.
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I think we alll knew this. The Pew Research Center survey also mentions that they asked what app cell phone users use to post photos and found  9% of cell phone owners use Snapchat and 18% use Instagram. It is also about storytelling. "Maeve Duggan, author of a report on the new findings, writes,  'Pictures document life from a special angle, whether they relate to small moments, personal milestones, or larger news and events. Mobile connectivity has brought these visuals into countless lives in real-time. This all adds up to a new kind of collective digital scrapbook with fresh forms of storytelling and social bonding.'" 

 

 

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Required Class Reading: Nonprofit Social Media Strategy | Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits and Businesses

Required Class Reading: Nonprofit Social Media Strategy | Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits and Businesses | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it

Developing a syllabus for Social Media Strategy is extremely challenging. This semester I’m teaching a graduate-level class in Social Media Strategy at Marlboro College in Vermont. The most challenging part of the curriculum development was making editing decisions on what ideas and concepts to teach…and what I had to regretfully leave for another class. The class is a 1-credit class, not a full 4-credit course, and which imposed limitations on the amount of allowed assigned reading and homework.

 

The first thing I considered was what one *must* read when thinking about strategy. This produced a very, very long list. Ultimately, I developed the reading list based on the desired knowledge outcomes for the students, which included developing a personal learning network, understanding network strategy and other seminal theories, and knowing how to create, implement and measure a nonprofit social media strategy. To that end, I chose readings and books that focus on both the theoretical and practical elements of developing a strategy.


Via Valerie Hawkins, Library, American Library Association
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I think most organizations know it is critical to have a social media strategy. Debra Askanase describes her process in preparing a one  credit graduate-level class and lists the required books.

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Valerie Hawkins, Library, American Library Association's curator insight, October 11, 2013 9:06 AM

Of the books mentioned, the library has the following available for staff checkout:

* Switch (Chip & Dan Heath)
* Here Comes Everybody (Clay Shirky)
* Bowling Alone (Robert Putnam)

* Engage!: The Complete Guide for Brands and Businesses to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web (Brian Solis)

Valerie Hawkins, Library, American Library Association's curator insight, October 11, 2013 11:05 AM

Of the books mentioned, the library has the following available for staff checkout:

* Switch (Chip & Dan Heath)
* Here Comes Everybody (Clay Shirky)
* Bowling Alone (Robert Putnam)

* Engage!: The Complete Guide for Brands and Businesses to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web (Brian Solis)

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How People Use the Internet [INFOGRAPHIC]

How People Use the Internet [INFOGRAPHIC] | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it
Today, around the world more people have mobile phone subscriptions than have access to electricity and safe drinkable water. Today, almost a third of the world's population uses the internet (a 528.1% growth since 2000!

 

So what are we doing with all the time we spend online, and how do we know all that time is being spent in useful ways?

For many of us, the internet is among the first things we experience after we wake; in fact, 75% of users are online before 9 a.m. Over 75% of people in the US own a laptop, 53% a smart phone, and 31% a tablet. Email is the most common action performed by people on their laptops, while search is the top action for mobile phone and tablet users. 72% of people like to play games on their tablets while 70% use their mobile phones for social media. Where do we use these devices? 72% of people use their mobile phones while traveling, and 64% use them in restaurants and coffee shops. As for tablets, 88% of people use their devices in the living room, 79% in the bedroom.

 

Find more statistics and data at the infographic or article link.


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LETP's curator insight, August 4, 2013 5:10 PM

Some useful facts! :)

Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, August 5, 2013 1:50 AM

Very informative. Thank you for sharing.

9Dotstrategies's curator insight, September 3, 2013 8:25 PM

How People Use the Internet?

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4 Tips From Google To Make Your Website More Compelling

4 Tips From Google To Make Your Website More Compelling | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it
When organizing your website, think less like Melvil Dewey and more like Larry and Sergey.
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Virtual exhibits expand access to world’s museums

Virtual exhibits expand access to world’s museums | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it
Museums are outfitting their websites with full-screen virtual tours, 360-degree panoramic views of galleries and detailed descriptions of artifacts.
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4 Signs You’re Producing Too Much Social Media Content

4 Signs You’re Producing Too Much Social Media Content | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it
Learn the 4 signs that you're actually producing too much social media content.
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Why Every Teacher Should Join Twitter

Why Every Teacher Should Join Twitter | Virtual Connections | Scoop.it
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